Soon to be BM owner with questions

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Soon to be BM owner with questions

Unread postby redwing_al » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:53 pm

hi, I'll post some questions (maybe some dumb ones) that I have as I start to think about my set up. I take delivery next week...

1. what is the smallest batch I can brew? 2Gallon, 3gallon? Just wondering in case I want to get in some inexpensive practice rounds..

2. I use Beersmith and I downloaded a profile of a 20l Braumeister set up. I noticed that the step mash time that was loaded in the mash profile was very loooong. Is this necessary for every brew? What are logical step mash profiles?

3. Has anyone really landed on the 'perfect all-round' equipment & Mash profile for Beersmith? Seems like a lot of variations out there, just kind of wondering which one to use, where to start and to go to find it...

I am sure I will have many more questions, so please be patient with me as I ramp up my learnings!

thanks... :beer:
Eagle & Schmitt Brewing
Keg 1:
Keg 2:
Keg 3:
Keg 4:
FastFermenting Vessel 1: ~
FastFermenting Vessel 2: ~
Next Up: Don't Wheaty, Be Hoppy (Wheat IPA)

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Re: Soon to be BM owner with questions

Unread postby Nesto » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:00 am

redwing_al wrote:hi, I'll post some questions (maybe some dumb ones) that I have as I start to think about my set up. I take delivery next week...

1. what is the smallest batch I can brew? 2Gallon, 3gallon? Just wondering in case I want to get in some inexpensive practice rounds..

2. I use Beersmith and I downloaded a profile of a 20l Braumeister set up. I noticed that the step mash time that was loaded in the mash profile was very loooong. Is this necessary for every brew? What are logical step mash profiles?

3. Has anyone really landed on the 'perfect all-round' equipment & Mash profile for Beersmith? Seems like a lot of variations out there, just kind of wondering which one to use, where to start and to go to find it...

I am sure I will have many more questions, so please be patient with me as I ramp up my learnings!

thanks... :beer:

Welcome to an elite club redwing_al! First, get used to metric! :cheers: I'm in the US and I decided to go almost all metric (except for PSI) once I got the BM. It's just way easier that way.

Here are some answers...
1. The answer is "it depends." https://forum.braumeisters.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=390&hilit=minimum. The question you really want to ask is what is the minimum amount of mash water that you can start with - and that is around 21 liters, give or take depending on your grain bill. What your batch size ends up being will depend on your boil and losses. We've also talked about minimum grain bills - I've got by with just 3kg, but efficiency starts to suffer: https://forum.braumeisters.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=590&hilit=minimum

2. Step rise times will depend on your ambient temp and whether you have an insulating jacket. Most users here seem to have one - either the Speidel version or a DIY). I find my mash rise times to be about 1C per 1-2 mins. Here is the sub-forum where we post mash profiles: https://forum.braumeisters.net/viewforum.php?f=20. And make sure to set your boil temp to 102C - you'll get a poor boil otherwise.

3. If you got the profile from the Beersmith site, I think it's probably a poor match. Here's a comparison I did of the Beersmith profile vs. my actuals: https://forum.braumeisters.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=123#p3669.
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Re: Soon to be BM owner with questions

Unread postby redwing_al » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:32 am

Thank you for your input. I am going over to 'recipes' to get feedback on a recipe I'm working on for my first brew day.

check it out in that forum:
Eagle & Schmitt Brewing
Keg 1:
Keg 2:
Keg 3:
Keg 4:
FastFermenting Vessel 1: ~
FastFermenting Vessel 2: ~
Next Up: Don't Wheaty, Be Hoppy (Wheat IPA)

Total BM Brews: 10
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Posts: 144
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Location: Michigan, USA


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